Ciragan Palace Kempinski Istanbul
Royal Pedigree

Once the home of an Ottoman sultan, this 19th-century property lords over Istanbul's majestic Bosporus Strait, where the East meets Europe. The 313-room hotel reflects the city's intoxicating blend of old and new, with marble walls and original architectural touches set against a modern spa and infinity pool. Most rooms have posh trappings like elegant furnishings, water-view balconies, and pillow menus, but the 11 Palace Suites—located in the historic wing—up the ante with helipad access, 24-hour butlers, and hand-made crystal chandeliers. Popular with locals, dinners (and the decadent Sunday brunch) are an extravaganza of traditional small plates accompanied by live music.

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